Pass out flannel board pieces of fam animals. Play or sing "Old Macdonald Had a Farm" . When a child hears the animal he/she is holding, that child comes up to place the animal piece on the flannel board.Early Literacy Aside--Example: Having your children hear and make the sounds of the animals is one enjoyable way to help them develop phonological awareness, to eventually be able to hear the smaller sounds in words. Take-Home Activity: Hand out shapes of animals for families to take home. Early Literacy Aside--Empower: Parents, you can use these animal shapes to make animal sounds with your children and home and sing the song with them to practice the skill of phonological awareness.
Submitted by Helen Patzer, Dayton (OH) Metro Library, Northtown-Shiloh Branch.